The New York Times best-selling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist.
We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple 90-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.
In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.
An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential for anyone working to get things right.
©2009 Atul Gawande; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
Well-written and filled with great stories as is usual to expect in Gawande's writing. Particularly enjoyed his use of examples in and out of the medical field. Only con is that while it's obvious the entire book is about checklists, after a while it started to feel a little redundant. Nonetheless a worthwhile read for anyone interested in learning more about the challenges of delivering safe and high quality health care.
This is one of the most powerful books I have read in a long time. I have worked for many years in heavy industry and I was floored that I had never understood nor utilized checklists for dangerous situations. That will be changing in the near future. Dr Gawande's story was as gripping as it was useful. Get this book.
Given incredible, and increasing, complexity of healthcare procedures and the dynamic healthcare workforce, we need to learn how to check ego at the door and do what's right for the patient. I salute Canadians those who participated in writing this book and telling their story for admitting there fallibility and for finding a way to do the right thing.
Great examples combined with practical ideas on implementing. I've been developing checklists for my team and this is just what I needed to improve them
The title is very straightforward. The book describes the reasons for checklists, the applications of checklist and the benefits for using them. If your job has any complexity, you should read this book.
This well written and compelling read gives more than hope- proof- that simple and reachable solutions are available for complex problems if only we are humble enough to use them. Must read for any business owner or operator.
While it's not easy to get on the same page with everyone who matters, it's really important and effective in all the right ways.
Checklists are another way to up your game...if what you're responsible for has any worth at all.
Mom, Author, Teacher, and Critter Lover
No. I was interested in this book because I hoped it would have specific ideas for making checklists effective and efficient... instead, I heard a LOT about doctors and nurses and how checklists are great for them. I gave up after two chapters, ran to the store, paged through the hard copy, and did not see anything that would apply to my need - making checklists for teachers or parents.
No, but I would be hesitant to read anything by this author again.
It wasn't bad so much as very bland.
Yes, certainly - if you are in the medical field, a medical student, or interested in checklists in a purely academic sense. It's not a BAD book... it was just bad for what I needed, and nothing I read prior to purchasing could fill me in on how it really left it to the reader to tease out the "how to's" of making checklists work for you.
The first chapter is enough to scare anyone away from a hospital. I have panic/anxiety disorder, and my nerves were jangling by the end of the first anecdote. It can be skipped entirely - it's truly not crucial to the book - if you are a sensitive soul.
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